The paper, “The Potential Predictability of Precipitation Occurrence, Intensity and Seasonal Totals over the Continental United States,” was published in September and can be accessed online.
The study breaks the variability of precipitation into “weather” and “climate” components and finds that most of the opportunity for seasonal climate prediction lies in precipitation occurrence rather than intensity or seasonal total precipitation.
Dan Gianotti is a Ph.D. candidate working with Anderson and Salvucci on hydrology, climate systems, and the interactions between people and water. To learn more about Gianotti’s work, check out his website.
To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci, visit their profile pages on our website.
Earth & Environment Ph.D. student Andrew Christ was recently first author on a paper published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.
The paper, “Late Holocene glacial advance and ice shelf growth in Barilari Bay, Graham Land, west Antarctic Peninsula,” is available online here.
Christ is a Ph.D. student working with Professor Dave Marchant. Christ’s research focuses on antarctic geomorphology.
The paper, “Automated cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection in multitemporal Landsat data: An algorithm designed specifically for monitoring land cover change,” provides a new, better way to detect cloud, cloud shadow, and snow in Landsat data using the multitemporal information of the data.
The article was published in the 152th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.
Additionally, Zhu and Woodcock have also provided a stand alone software for this algorithm (Tmask) for both windows and linux, and it can be accessed here.
The article, “Accessibility patterns and community integration among previously homeless adults: A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach,” will be available in print in the 120th volume of the journal due out November 2014.
The article is available online now; to read the article, click on the journal title or this link.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra along with former members of the department, former graduate student Preeti Rao and former Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti, and Biology Associate Professor Pam Templer have published a new article in the journal Biogeochemistry.
The article, “Atmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA,” is first authored by Rao and was published in the 121st volume of the journal.
The article can be read online here.
Nardin’s article, “Optimum vegetation height and density for inorganic sedimentation in deltaic marshes,” was published online this past August. The full text is available here.
Nardin works with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi.
To learn more about Nardin’s work, check out his profile page.
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bradley Thomson and Director Dr. Farouk El-Baz at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing have recently published a paper in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union.
The paper, “Future Mars Rovers: The Next Places to Direct Our Curiosity,” presents an overview of Mars landing site selection activity for the Mars 2020 and ExoMars rovers, and makes comparisons to site selection process for the Apollo lunar program.
The paper, “How waves shape salt marshes,” is first authored by Leonardi and co-authored by Fagherazzi.
The paper presents both field measurements and a numeric model; the field measurements were largely collected thanks to the students of the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) during Fagherazzi’s ES 543 Estuaries and Nearshore Systems class.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze has published several new articles over the course of the summer. These articles include:
- Niu S, Y Luo, M Dietze, T Keenan, Z Shi, J Li, FS Chapin III. 2014. The role of data assimilation in predictive ecology. Ecosphere. Accepted
- Fisher J, M Sikka, W Oechel, D Huntzinger, J Melton, C Koven, A Ahlström, A Arain, I Baker, J Chen, P Ciais, C Davidson*, M Dietze, B El-Masri, D Hayes, C Huntingford, A Jain, P Levy, M Lomas, B Poulter, D Price, A Sahoo, K Schaefer, H Tian, E Tomelleri, H Verbeeck, N Viovy, R Wania, N Zeng, C Miller. 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences Discuss., 11, 2887-2932 doi:10.5194/bgd-11-2887-2014
- De Kauwe M, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, A Walker, S Asao, M Dietze, B El-Masri, T Hickler, A Jain, Y Luo, W Parton, IC Prentice, B Smith, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Wårlind, E Weng, P Hanson. Where does the carbon go? A model-data intercomparison of carbon allocation at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment sites. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12847
- Walker A, P Hanson, M De Kauwe, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, S Asao, M Dietze, T Hickler, C Huntingford, C Iversen, A Jain, M Lomas, Y Luo, H McCarthy, W Parton, IC Prentice, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Warlind, E Weng, J Warren, I Woodward, R Oren, R Norby. Comprehensive ecosystem model-data synthesis using multiple datasets at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment experiments: model performance at ambient CO2 concentration. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeoscience. DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002553
- Matheny A, G Bohrer, P Stoy, I Baker, A Black, A Desai, M Dietze, C Gough, V Ivanov, P Jassal, K Novick, K Schäfer, H Verbeeck. Characterizing the diurnal patterns of errors in land-surface models’ prediction of evapotranspiration: an NACP analysis Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
- Dietze M, J Hatala Matthes*. A general ecophysiological framework for modeling the impact of pests and pathogens on forest ecosystems. Ecology Letters In press.
- Viskari T*, B Hardiman*, A Desai, M Dietze. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and predict leaf area index. Ecological Applications In press
The starred authors indicate students and/or members of Dr. Dietze’s research team.
Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored three new articles:
- Ciais et al., 2014. Current systematic carbon-cycle observations and the need for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system, Biogeosciences, 11: 3547-3602 (doi:10.5194/bg-11-3547-2014).
- Van Oijen et al., 2014. Impact of droughts on the C-cycle in European Vegetation: a probabilistic risk analysis using six vegetation models, Biogeosciences Discussion, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-8325-2014.
- Yan et al., 2014. Development of a remotely sensing seasonal vegetation-based Palmer Drought Severity Index and its application of global drought monitoring, JGR-Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021673.